National shooting from todayDecember 11, 2017, Thiruvananthapuram
Top shooters from the country will vie for the honours in the 61st National Shooting championships for rifle and pistol events which will begin at the Vattiyoorkavu Central Polytechnic shooting range from Monday.
More than 4500 shooters will take part in the championships in which competitions will be held in youth (under-18), junior (under-21) and senior categories.
The national meet is the season opener and the first of the series of trials that will be used to pick the Indian team for the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and the World championships slated for next year.
The 61st edition will also witness for the first time, the mixed events in 10m rifle and 10m pistol events.
A 110-member strong Kerala team will be taking part in the championships. Kerala’s medal hopes rest on Elizabeth Koshy.
Kerala, which won 14 medals in the last edition at Pune, will be hoping to increase the tally. Kerala coach Vipin Daas expects the host to do better.
The championships is being organised by National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), in association with Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs and Kerala Rifle Association.